Michael Bankston scattered eight hits over seven innings of work as he led J.Z. George to a 7-2 Region 3-3A win over Amanda Elzy Tuesday in North Carrollton.
Bankston, a sophomore, is now 2-1 on the mound. He threw 109 pitches, walking four and fanning 11. He also contributed at the plate with an RBI double and run scored.
“He had a fantastic game. It was his best performance of the season,” said J.Z. George head coach Will Rodgers. “He delivered three consecutive strikeouts to retire the side in the top of the second. He got rattled a couple of times during the middle innings, but always battled back.
“He ended the game big. Elzy had the bases loaded, and he caught a fly ball for the second out, and struck out the next hitter to end the game. Our infield gave him a ton of support and definitely improved from previous games by only committing two fielding errors.”
Kendrick Head had two singles, an RBI and scored one run for the Jaguars (3-5 overall, 1-2 in district), who tallied three runs in the first and four in the third. Elzy scored a run each in the first and fourth frames.
JJ Rias and Brandon McKenzie both had RBI singles and scored a run each. Jacob Johnson had a single and scored a pair of runs, and Josh May scored the seventh run.
For Elzy, which slips to 3-4 overall and 0-3 in district play, Khyrus Jones had two doubles, and Dephabian Fant and Greg Childress had two singles each. Fant and Jones scored a run apiece.
Daylon Hayes had an RBI double, and Jalil Weathers had a single. DeDe Davenport had an RBI.
Deangelou Weatherall took the loss on the mound for the Panthers. He worked six innings, allowing all seven runs (six earned), walking five and striking out seven. He threw 110 pitches.
J.Z. George entertains Eupora Thursday at 4, Yazoo County Friday at 4, and Riverside Saturday at 1 for a pair of games. Elzy hosts O’Bannon Thursday at 4 and Charleston Friday, also at 4 p.m.
n Carroll Academy: For two innings, the Rebels were going toe-to-toe with District 1-AA foe Oak Hill Academy. However, the visiting Raiders landed the knockout punch in the third frame.
Oak Hill exploded for 20 runs in the top of the third to break a 0-0 tie en route to a 20-0 win over the Rebels, who fall to 3-7 overall and 0-3 in league play.
The Raiders took advantage of 13 errors by the Carroll defense. The Rebels were held hitless.
Dane Greenlee took the loss on the mound as he went 22/3 innings, giving up 11 runs on six hits, walking five and fanning four. Maddox Carpenter relieved Greenlee but failed to record an out. He allowed six runs on one hit with three walks. Zach Downs got the final out in the third but not before giving up three runs on one hit, walking two.
Carroll and Oak Hill meet again Thursday in West Point. The Rebels go to Calhoun Academy Saturday at 11 a.m.
n Leflore County: The Tigers were no match for Calhoun City in a pair of games Tuesday at Calhoun City in Region 2-2A action.
The Wildcats won the first game 19-0 as they scored 11 runs in the first and eight in the second. Dekari Johnson (0-1) took the loss, and Kevon Birdlong had the lone base hit.
In the second game, Calhoun City won 12-0 as it scored four runs in the first, six in the second and two in the third. Birdlong (0-4) suffered the loss on the mound. The Tigers were held hitless.
Leflore (0-10 overall, 0-6 in district) played at Shaw High School Wednesday. The two teams are slated to play at Leflore Thursday at 4 p.m.
n Greenwood High: The Bulldogs picked up a pair of forfeit wins over Noxubee County Tuesday to improve to 2-3 overall.
Greenwood will play host to Region 3-4A foe Rosa Fort for a doubleheader Friday starting at 4 p.m. at Whittington Park.
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